Vague warnings about ‘credible threats’ foster fears, raise questions of government’s competence to fight terror at home
By David Neiwert
Nov. 2 — Anthrax and hijacked airliners are horrific enough, but they pale in comparison to the possibility that the government is
no longer competent at protecting the public from those threats. Such a public perception, especially if it became widespread, would
spread fear even more effectively than an actual attack. Yet the Bush administration’s mixed messages over threats of new terrorist
attacks — amplified by aggressive, 24/7 media coverage — have moved us another step closer to realizing that once-remote prospect.
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